Thu, May 23

Journey to the Center offers healing, gifts

VVN/Angela De Welles

AMY Bidwell ownsa nd operates Journey to the Center Gift Shop.

Journey to the Center Gift and Healing Shop is located in Cottonwood and offers chair and table massage, Reiki, ear coning, inspirational books, handmade gifts, candles and incense.

"I have combined three things that I love into one business," Bidwell said. "I love hands-on healing. I love the positivity, inspiration and uplifting feelings I get from good books. I love to be creative. I find that positive thought, feelings and expectations are so important to my overall health and well being. Journey to the Center is a place for healing mind and body."

Bidwell said she moved to the area because she was attracted to the natural beauty of the Verde Valley.

"I have done massage for 11 years in New Hampshire," she said. "I was self-employed for most of that time. I intuitively combine a variety of different modalities such as hot stone, raindrop aromatherapy, Chinese massage, nurturing Esalen massage and acupressure to make a thoroughly enjoyable massage experience."

Bidwell expects to serve everyone living in or visiting the Verde Valley. She said she hopes the area can manage growth so as to maintain it's rural character.

"I serve my customers in a friendly down-to-earth, personable manner," Bidwell said. "I enjoy sharing humor with others as it is very healing."

Journey to the Center Gift Shop is located at 14 S. Main St. Suite D. Hours of operation are by appointment. For more information, call 649-0072.